After the birth of my second son, I was burnt out. I dreaded going back to work. I felt like maybe I had lost my passion for the violin. (Postpartum, anyone?)
With my husband starting his Doctorate in Nursing Practice in the fall, cutting back on teaching was not an option.
I realized that my passion for teaching couldn’t thrive without nourishment. If neglected, my zeal for the violin (and for life) would probably wither and die.
So I made a choice.
I chose to be brave and throw myself, heart and soul, back into my teaching.
And guess what?
It made a huge difference.
For me, choosing to be plucky means making much more of an effort to engage and excite my students. It means finding new solutions to practicing problems and communication issues, and not stagnating and trying the same old things (unsuccessfully) over and over.
I created Plucky Violin Teacher to inspire, (and to require) me to try new things, and to get out of my teaching comfort zone.
My students are loving it, and are more engaged and happier than ever.
And I am too!
Is parent education constantly on your to-do list? Me too. That’s why I created this pdf to share with my Suzuki parents. It’s called “What Every Parent Needs to Know About the Suzuki Method.” To receive a free copy of this pdf to share with your studio, all you have to do is subscribe to my weekly email newsletter. Each week I send you music teaching tips and tricks, and a summary of what’s new on the blog.
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I think being a Suzuki parent is probably the TOUGHEST job in the Suzuki Triangle (child-parent-teacher). I admire you so much. My son is five, and began Suzuki violin lessons in January. It is so tough.
I want to help you however I can, because I believe that the work that we are doing is the most important work of all. Keep going, rock star. I’ve got your back.
Hi, I’m Brecklyn Ferrin! I am a registered Suzuki Violin and Suzuki Early Childhood Education teacher at the Gifted Music School in Salt Lake City. I have degrees in Violin Performance from Indiana University and the University of Utah and I studied violin pedagogy with Mimi Zweig and Brenda Brenner.
I am a total violin geek, and am obsessed with finding ways to make learning the violin easy and fun.
My husband, Bruce, and I are the parents of two hilarious little boys, M (5) and G (3), and we make our home in Farmington, Utah.